(May 13, 2016) Ten days ago Rabbi Greer was sued in Federal Court by Eli Mirlis for child rape. Attorney William Ward, speaking on behalf of Rabbi Greer, defended Rabbi Greer, and said, “It only takes a moment to make allegations with despicable indifference to the consequences of the damage they would cause to my client, his family, and his reputation that he spent a lifetime building in his community.” Yet Attorney Ward has not filed a “notice of appearance” in Federal court, an official form that notifies the Federal Court that he has been hired as Rabbi Greer’s official attorney. Why has William Ward not yet filed this appearance form?
As someone who practiced law for over 20 years, there is an old saying in the legal business, “No appearance until Mr. Green comes in” which means the attorney doesn’t file an appearance until he gets enough up front money for attorneys fees. The fact that Attorney Ward has not yet filed an appearance indicates that Rabbi Greer hasn’t paid his legal bill. I would imagine that Mr. Ward would be charging Rabbi Greer a very large sum of money to defend him in this ‘messy’ lawsuit. My advice to attorney Ward is to get as much money up front as possible.
Rabbi Greer has a history of not paying bills. Rabbi Greer once stiffed Yale and Hospital of St. Raphael for medical bills. Rabbi Greer owed Yale Diagnostic Radiologists $291.00. Rabbi Greer, who inherited most of his money, didn’t pay his radiology bill. Rabbi Greer hails from a wealthy family from Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Yale took Rabbi Greer to court and got a judgment against Rabbi Greer for $291.00 plus court costs. Yale slapped a judgment lien on Rabbi Greer’s house located at 133 West Park Street, New Haven. After three years Rabbi Greer decided to pay the Yale bill. But the only reason he paid Yale was because he was looking to refinance his mortgage, and he couldn’t get approved for a mortgage with a hospital lien on his property. Within a few days of paying his hospital bill Rabbi Greer got his New Haven Savings Bank mortgage. About a year later the Hospital of St Raphael sued Rabbi Greer and his wife Sarah Greer, and got a judgment for $262.54. The hospital put a lien on Rabbi Greer’s house at 133 West Park Street. From my search of the land records, it appears that the bill to the Hospital of St Raphael has still not been paid off.